The 30 Best Scary Movies on Netflix in 2021 – PureWow

We dont always enjoy getting scared out of our mind, but theres something about the end of summer/start of fall that makes it semi-mandatory. And were not just talking about the classics (were looking at you, The Ring), but also physiological thrillers, indie flicks and suspense films. In fact, the last year brought a ton of new content to the platform, including Netflix originals and flicks that landed top spots on the most popular movies list.

So, if youre looking for a real jump-scareno offense, Netflix Halloween moviesthen keep reading for the 30 best scary movies on Netflix right now. We also recommend pairing any of them with one of these Halloween-themed or seasonal cocktails).

Whos in it? Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

Whats it about? When members of a New England town start to think a curse has come over them, they become increasingly paranoid when a familys youngest son, Samuel, suddenly vanishes. As their concerns increase, members of the town begin to suspect Samuals older sister, Thomasin, of practicing witchcraft. The family begins to question one anotheras well as their faith.


Whos in it? Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid

Whats it about? After losing her father, young Veronica and two classmates attempt to contact the other side with (you guessed it) a Ouija board. Unfortunately, something more sinister comes through and follows Veronica throughout her everyday life. Youll need to turn on subtitles for this Spanish horror.

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Whos in it? Ivn Massagu, Antonia San Juan, Zorion Eguileor

Whats it about? This sci-fi thriller is set in the future and follows prisoners housed in vertical cells as they watch inmates on upper levels feast on the platform which lowers down to deliver them scraps. The catch? Every few months, the prisoners switch floors but have no idea where theyll end up next. Its not long before a rebellion begins. Again, subtitles will be needed for this one.

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Whos in it? CM Punk, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Sarah Brooks

Whats it about? A husband with a bad track record tries to start a better life for his family by moving to the suburbs and renovating a rundown Victorian home. Unfortunately, things dont go according to plan after he meets and starts an affair with the neighbor. Oh, and the house might also be haunted too.


Whos in it? Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier

Whats it about? Four friends embark on a hike in the Scandinavian mountains (we already know where this is going) in honor of their late friend. But not so fast. Things take a horrifying turn when they stumble upon a mysterious forest that is haunted by a Norse legend. More of a psychological thriller, The Ritual is a spookily-satisfying film, albeit with a sort of random ending.


Whos in it: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson

Whats it about? Perhaps one of Netflixs most popular sensations, Bird Box tells the tale of a post-apocalyptic world (inhabited by Sandra Bullock) where evil beings attack people through their sense of sight and force them to commit suicide. Similar to a Quiet Place, the movie relies on suspense and loud sound effects. The ending isnt the best, but its still worth a watch to see Bullock defend her family from evil beings while wearing a blindfold.


Whos in it? Patrick Wilson, Laysla De Oliveira, Avery Whitted

Whats it about? Incase you havent had enough of Patrick Wilson or Stephen King adaptations, this flick has both. While stopped on the side of the road, a young man and his pregnant sister venture into tall grass to search for what they believe to be a lost child. After searching for hours, they realize they may not be able to find a way out (and they may not be alone).

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Whos in it? Kathryn Prescott, Mitch Pileggi, Grace Zabriskie

Whats it about? One lonely highschooler, Bird, uncovers a polaroid camera with a tragic secret: whoever has their picture taken by it dies shortly after. Now, its Birds job to find a way to put an end to the mysterious curse.

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Whos in it? Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins

Whats it about? A suburban family moves away from everything they know in an attempt to leave behind their haunted house. However, they soon learn the home isnt the root of the problemtheir son is. Staring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, Insidious centers on paranormal entities and possession, if youre into that sort of thing.


Whos in it? Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi

Whats it about? Set in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war, the supernatural thriller follows a Tehran woman as she cares for her daughter while her husbands on the frontline. As the duo are waiting out the war at home, it becomes clear that their safe place might not be as safe as they think. In fact, its perpetually haunted by evil spirits.

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Whos in it? Amanda Seyfried, James Norton, Natalia Dyer

Whats it about? Life in a small town isnt all that its cracked up to be for married couple, Catherine and George, who traded their life in Manhattan for something more simple. However, its not long before before Catherine realizes that both her home and her husband have sinister secrets. (For our full review of this one, see here.)


Whos in it? Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Steven Weber

Whats it about? Charlotte is a talented young cellist, whos forced to drop out of her prestigious music school to care for her ill mother. Years later, she heads down a sinister path after becoming reacquainted with the girl who replaced her. It may not immediately sound horrifying, but its worth giving it a shot if psychological horrors are more your thing. (its also unexpectedly gruesome.)


Whos in it? Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay

Whats it about? Still mourning the death of their son, Sean, Mark and Jessie welcome foster child Cody into their lives. Soon they discover Cody possesses a dangerous supernatural power, and when he falls asleep, his dreams (often including the couples dead son) haunt the house.

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